PICTURE: This is why Wanyama won’t be leaving Celtic

by Sam Peoples

After Sir Alex Ferguson was spotted at Celtic Park watching Victor Wanyama score against Dundee United and the Kenyan admitted that Manchester United were his favourite team, rumours were picking up pace linking him with a move to United.

The 21-year-old midfielder has been in the spotlight ever since his superb performances against Barcelona that saw him quash the threat of Xavi and Iniesta in Celtic’s heroic UEFA Champions League group stage matches. His powerful, dynamic box-to-box style of play would make him a much desired commodity at Old Trafford given the lack of bite in the current ranks.

But, as they say, blood is thicker than water and a well timed piece of publicity from Celtic has certainly placed the ball back in their court after they released pictures of a Celtic Charity group of volunteers visiting Victor Wanyama’s family in Kenya as part of a trip to help transform schools for kids.

With Wanyama expected to come with a price tag of at least £10 million, he won’t leave Celtic on the cheap. Given their successes in the UEFA Champions League this year, they aren’t in a weak position and will likely hold out for as high a figure as possible if he was to leave. Getting into the good books with his family wasn’t a bad move either.

Credit to @ICeltic for originally sourcing the story.

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OJM 01/25/2013 - 22:22

I think that this article has probably been misinterpreted, which is a shame as the author tends to be one of the less reactionary and most thoughtful bloggers out there. However, I can understand Celtic fans disappointment at how the article comes across.

That said, Celtic are not alone in their charity efforts. Manchester United have set up projects all over the globe to help some of the most disadvantaged people in the world. To suggest otherwise is wilful blindness. They have done great work alongside Antonio Valencia to really help the people of Honduras for example.

If the author is inferring that the scheme aided by Celtic and Wanyama would stop any transfer being made, then that is unfortunately misguided. Celtic (despite what some of the fans on this thread imply) are a business. If they can get good money for one of their players, that is what they will do and Kenyan support efforts would have to take a back seat.

I must commend Celtic for the work they have done in helping these communities though, but feel obliged to point out that Manchester United have many such schemes of their own whether Scottish fans choose to believe it or not.

One point I must pick up on though: “NIC – United are goin downhill at the minute”. Are you serious? Is this serious comment or a great troll?

schoosh71 01/25/2013 - 20:27


But for who and for what?

pookie bear 01/25/2013 - 19:00

I’m sure he will miss brown’s great banter.

Sweeney Hughes 01/25/2013 - 18:06

pardon the new tablet typos 🙂

Sweeney Hughes 01/25/2013 - 18:04

You’re correct in a way Samp, a lot of Celtic players, past and present, stay ay the club because they enjoy being part of a club with such a charitable ethos. From the great Jock Stein and beyond players have remained part of the ‘Celtic family’ for years after leaving the club. At present I could name guys like Jan VoHeselink, Lubo, Larsson, Bobby Peta amongst many others still maintain close links to Celtic,give up their time and take part in the clubs charitale work. Tey know Celtic are more than just a football club and feel honoured to be part of it. These are the calibre of people Celtic FC attract and I for one would not have it any other way. Hail! Hail!

TonyMc 01/25/2013 - 17:41

My interpretation of the article was it was just highlighting a feelgood story linked to a player his team are linked with. I took it as a positive article on the good work the Celtic family do worldwide.

Bobo 01/25/2013 - 18:51

“a well timed piece of publicity”

Nic 01/25/2013 - 17:15

Vic aint goin anywhere. He knows that. United are goin downhill at the minute and there is no way he will leave Celtic for his so called “favourite team”.

GILK 01/25/2013 - 16:51

I hope we(United) do get him. He really is a physically advantaged player that we need and seems like a top bloke aswell because of all the charity work that has NOTHING TO DO WITH ANY TRANSFERS. so yeh. Author needs to check his facts

Bobo 01/25/2013 - 16:01

So you say. But it does. Shame.

Brendan 01/25/2013 - 13:48

I think the above comments clearly show the lack of awareness (and intelligence) the author of this article displays. The Celtic Charity Foundation has been around for many many years and works in many Countries, to suggest that this is a publicity stunt or merely a means to influence the player to stay at the club is an insult to the very nature of our club. Celtic was set up as a Charity and continues to support various schemes all around the world, perhaps you should put down your prawn sandwich and look beyond the 10-Month long commercial advertisment that is the EPL. Celtic First, Celtic Last, Celtic Overall.

samp 01/25/2013 - 14:52

The articles point is not aiming to undermine any of the great charity work that Celtic is doing.

CaptainObvious 01/25/2013 - 12:30

£10Million is too low, this guy is the new Essien but more physical!

Lee Watson 01/25/2013 - 10:16

Celtic have been inolved in that project for at least a year that I can remember. to imply that they are doing this to emotionaly blackmail the player into staying is ludicrous. Celtic will keep wanyama unless a club pays the right amount (same as any player). they do need publicity stunts to keep a player who is under contract to them. In future I suggest you refrain from writing articles on something you know nothing about and spare us from whatever nonsense pops into your stupid little mancy head.

Richard 01/25/2013 - 09:26

The tone of this article is disgusting. Do not attempt to belittle the good work of The Celtic Charity Foundation for your own selfish purposes.

You are attempting to pull the wool over your own fans eyes with this article.

Celtic run projects like this all over the world with the help of volunteers. Perhaps the concept of giving something back is lost in the world of the EPL, the most poisoned league in the world.

Bobo 01/25/2013 - 08:29

Maybe we can set up a charity link with London just in case someone bids for Gary Hooper. It would make us look good. The same in Wales and Honduras ….oh and Israel and Greece and Sweden, Eire and Norway.
It will be a shame for those Kenyan kids when Wanyama leaves as the charity foundation will have to remove the equipment they’ve provided for them. You see its all just a publicity stunt. All this charity work since 1887 is just a smoke screen.

Its clear you know nothing about our club and have just embarrassed yourself and your club. I’d like to say your city as well but you’re probably from Essex munching a prawn sandwich.

Andrew 01/25/2013 - 07:32

I hope it was not your intention but your tone was a bit cynical. This was not a publicity stunt and had been planned long before any of Man U’s interest. There have been charitable links between Celtic and Kenya for a while now and there will be after Vic leaves:


I think Wanyama will still probably go to United and I wish him all the best when he does, he is the strongest midfielder I have seen in a long time for someone of his age but I hear he is also a nice guy into the bargain. Cheers.

Andrew 01/25/2013 - 07:20

‘a well timed piece of publicity’?

Your cynicism astounds me. If you think that Celtic running a story on charity volunteers in Kenya meeting Wanyama’s family – which has no doubt been planned for some time – has anything to do with paper talk (and that is probably all it is) about Wanyama’s future, you probably need to re-examine your priorities in life. And the very suggestion that Celtic would use this exercise to squeeze a few more pennies out of a buying club is quite disturbing.

Perhaps integrity and human compassion might be lost values in the commercialised-beyond-recognition world of Manchester United and the English Premier League but rest assured that Celtic are simply highlighting the good work that good people are doing in their name. Not everything is about making money and not everything is about football.

Benedict 01/25/2013 - 06:32

You talk as if he is one of you players already, your nearly as arrogant as Sevco

Ngui 01/25/2013 - 05:35

Buttner will challenge evra cz he has the potential and time to prove himself.

Jono 01/25/2013 - 02:23

The tone and what’s inferred in this article are utterly bizarre. If the author knew any of the people involved in this project, the history of the Celtic Charitable Foundation, or projects like Kiberia Celtic, The Thai Tims or 1254125 they might see that this is what Celtic are all about and have been from the start. Emotionally blackmailing a player not to leave the club is the furthest thing from anyone’s mind.
Victor is playing for a great club that stand for something unique. Celtic fans understand we are hamstrung by having a single UK media market (Sky) and speaking the same language as the richest league in the world which is on our doorstep. He will leave eventually and go on to be a huge star in the Premiership and will do so with everyone at Celtic’s best wishes. We have more pressing things to worry about.

‘A football club will be formed for the maintenance of dinner tables for the children and the unemployed.’
Brother Walfrid, 1887


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